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    So do I, but my point is that "they/their" does agree with both singular and plural subjects, just as "you" does, for all the reasons I gave.

    Plural subjects: Children, what are you doing? I can teach them to tie their shoelaces.
    Singular subject: John, what are you doing? I can teach that child to tie their shoelaces.
    By that logic, we could also use "he" and "she" interchangeably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecily View Post
    Deeley, I assume you're in the US (apologies if that's a wrong assumption).

    Do you come across singular they/their often in books and newspapers etc? I do, so I'm wondering if US and UK versions are altered beyond spelling differences to accommodate this difference as well or whether you either tune it out or get irritated every time you turn a page.
    I am in the US, yes.

    I have certainly tuned out singular they/their in speech. When I notice the usage in print it's most often in newspapers, but I can't say that happens frequently. Maybe I've tuned it out there too.

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    yeah mostly "his" is used everywhere by writers or his/her is also correct.


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